Polish-American soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), joins the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the 2018-2019 season where she sings The Unicorn/Weaver in THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME by Jeanine Tesori. Ms. Nowakowski will also sing in three commissioned new works for the AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE FESTIVAL. She will present a solo recital with VOCAL ARTS DC as the winner of their Art Song Discovery competition, as well as make her debut with the COLUMBUS SYMPHONY in Mozart's REQUIEM in 2019. She joins the APOLLO ORCHESTRA as Sophie in scenes from DER ROSENKAVALIER as well as Zdenka in scenes from ARABELLA.
In the 2017/18 season, she joined the VERBIER FESTIVAL as Gilda in RIGOLETTO conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky, broadcast on medici.tv. She was seen as a soloist with THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA for their 2017 New Year's Eve concert with Stéphane Denève conducting, and joined the Bach Society Houston for their BACH B MINOR MASS as the Soprano 1 soloist. Her other concert repertory includes CARMINA BURANA, BWV 199, and the BACH MAGNIFICAT.
While at AVA, her roles included Zerbinetta and Najade (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS), Freia (DAS RHEINGOLD), Lucia (LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR), Pamina (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), covering Gilda (RIGOLETTO), Sophie (WERTHER), Zerlina (DON GIOVANNI), covering Lauretta (GIANNI SCHICCHI), and Musetta (LA BOHÈME). Other roles include Gretel (HÄNSEL UND GRETEL) with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, covering Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO) with Wolf Trap Opera, and Dido (DIDO AND AENEAS) with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
Fluent in Polish and a dual citizen of the EU, Alexandra deeply honors her European roots and often seeks out opportunities abroad. She was a world semi-finalist in the inaugural 2018 GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA CUP, broadcast on medici.tv. In 2017 she traveled to Moscow, Russia to compete in the HANS GABOR BELVEDERE COMPETITION, and later participated in the 2017 ACADEMY OF FRENCH SONG AND OPERA in France. In 2016 she was a finalist in the ZINKA MILANOV COMPETITION in Croatia and also participated in Master Class courses with Polish Metropolitan Opera soprano Teresa Żylis-Gara in Poland.
Alexandra has received 1st Prize in the MARCELLA SEMBRICH INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION with the KOSCIUSZKO FOUNDATION, VOCAL ARTS DC COMPETITION, GERDA LISSNER FOUNDATION COMPETITION, the VIOLETTA DUPONT COMPETITION, and the American Council for Polish Culture’s MARCELLA KOCHANSKA SEMBRICH VOCAL COMPETITION. She took 2nd Prize in the GERDA LISSNER LIEDER/SONG COMPETITION, FAVA's GRAND CONCOUR DE CHANT, and the DOROTHY-LINCOLN SMITH VOICE COMPETITION. She has garnered top awards from the LOREN L. ZACHARY SOCIETY VOCAL COMPETITION, the GIULIO GARI FOUNDATION COMPETITION, and the METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the KOSCIUSZKO FOUNDATION, THE BEL CANTO VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, and the KATE NEAL MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP.